Planner Influencer Board

As a strategic initiative of the association, Destinations International works to elevate the critical role CVBs have on the event planning process and work to educate CVB members with tools, resources and best practices to successfully deliver that value. The Planner Influencer Board contributes to the association’s overall business events strategy by helping define the key elements CVBs need to deliver on their promise of helping make events successful.

The overall goals for the Planner Influencer Board include:

  • Gaining a better understanding of the trends, drivers, and priorities shaping destination organizations and exploring how CVBs can become a more valuable partner with meeting professionals in light of these influences.
  • Validating the CVB value proposition, ensuring destination organizations are aligned with meeting professionals’ needs and expectations.
  • Reviewing, assessing, and brainstorming product direction and opportunities for improving solutions, interaction, and customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborating on shared business issues, thereby strengthening the relationship between CVB members and customers.

2021 Committee Members:

  • Deirdre Clemmons, CMP, DELP Scholar Airports Council International
  • Robert Heard, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Jill Gately, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)
  • Matthew Wales, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Michael Barrat, Automotive Aftercare Association
  • Windy Christner, American Pharmacists Association 
  • Kimberly Dominguez, National Education Association
  • Jodi VanWoerkom, CMP, Association for Talent Development
  • Britt Jackman, CMP, United States Green Building Council
  • Arlene Kidwell, NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools)
  • Alex Zapple, American Society for Neuphrology
  • Garland Preddy, CGMP, Society of Government Meeting Professionals
  • Matt Burress, SmithBucklin
  • Katia McKennon, Meeting Management Services
  • Antwone Stigell, CMP, DES, CED, Antwone Stigall & Co.
  • Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, Global Meetings and Tourism Specialist
  • Kate Kurkjian, CMP, Zillow Group
  • Michael Jordan

Destinations International Staff Liasion

  • Melissa Cherry